After riding the breaks for a while, a NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesperson said that bike lanes on Argyle Road, Rugby Road, and Beverley Road are hitting the pavement this month, and they expect the project to be completed by the end of July.
On March 2, the DOT presented a final route to Community Board 14’s Transportation Committee, for two shared bike lanes on Beverley Road between Ocean Avenue and Ocean Parkway; and a shared lane on both Argyle and Rugby Roads, respectively (pictured below, in dark purple.)
Since 2013, the DOT and Community Board 14 have been pumping up plans for the community requested bicycle lanes in Ditmas Park. The DOT shifted gears a few times; proposing and revising the plans based on community feedback, field research and traffic evaluations.
See the full visual history of proposals and revisions on the DOT report here.
The project’s stated goals are to create safer roads for everyone without removing any parking spots or driving lanes, according to the DOT project summary (slide 14).
What will the bike lanes look like?
According to the DOT report, the Beverley Road bike lane will be a 13-foot shared lane between bikes and cars, on each side of the two-way, 42-foot-wide street. (Shared lane means shared with traffic; it’s separated by a painted line on the road.)
Rugby and Argyle roads — both one-way streets — will each get one bike lane, between Caton Avenue and Avenue H, on the left side of the road, according to the DOT. Rugby and Argyle are both 30-foot-wide residential roads (including parking lanes), and the plan would cut that into an 18-foot travel lane, a 5-foot bike lane, and a 7-foot parking lane (pictured below.)
The Argyle and Rugby lanes are standard shared bike lanes, next to the parked vehicles’ passenger side, reducing the chances of cyclists getting hit with swinging doors.
We’d love to hear from readers: What do you think of the new bike lanes coming to Argyle, Rugby and Beverley Roads? Do you anticipate feeling safer on the road as a cyclist, driver, or pedestrian? Answer the poll or leave comments below.